When Sandy Koufax Did Not Pitch on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Nat Benjamin

A story that may be even more important today…. and a story we hope you share with current and future generations.

The legendary pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sandy Koufax, informed his team that he would not be able to pitch on Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it was Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 6, 1965.

This decision made by Sandy gave all young Jewish children and their families such a sense of pride that the best pitcher in baseball was not available due to his observance of the most solemn of days in the Jewish calendar. As great as he was already, he became the biggest hero for the American Jewish community who felt such a wonderful sense of Judaic pride.

As legend has it, Koufax pitched in 3 of the next 6 games ( winning two of the games by shut out) and won game 7 on only 2 days of rest!

We hope you can read the full story courtesy of ESPN’s Jim Caple here.

Chavurah Beth Shalom
Sandy Koufax, Hall of Fame Pitcher , Observes Yom Kippur During World Series of 1965

Summer Judaic Studies Lecture Series

Rabbi Nathaniel Benjamin
Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Senior Rabbinical Scholar to Chavurah Beth Shalom at our Summer Judaic Studies LEcture Series

Please join us for Shabbat morning at our Chavurah Beth Shalom tomorrow, July 28.

We will begin the day with Morning Shabbat at 10:30am with Cantor Janine Schwarz and Rabbi Nathaniel Benjamin

11:00 am: We are very excited to have our Senior Rabbinical Scholar , Rabbi Jack Bemporad host his Summer Shabbat Lecture Series. This will be the last of the Summer Judaic Studies events offered by Rabbi Bemporad so we hope to see everyone attend.
A light brunch and coffee will be served to all.

For more information about this special event:

Shabbat At Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth ShalomPlease join us this weekend for Shabbat; all members are welcome to attend.

Friday March 16:

Please join our Chavurah Beth Shalom for evening Shabbat Service at 7:30pm at the Alpine (NJ)  Community House.

Saturday, March 17:

Chavurah Beth Shalom Morning Shabbat Service will begin at 10:30am in Alpine. Following Shabbat Service, coffee and bagels will be served to all attendees.

Shabbat before Purim ( Shabbat Zachor) at Chavurah Beth Shalom:

Rabbi Nat BenjaminCelebrating Shabbat at our Chavurah Beth Shalom :
Please join us this evening (7:30pm) at the Alpine Community House for Evening Shabbat Service, Friday, February 23.

Tomorrow: Morning Shabbat Service will begin at 10:30am and all are welcome to attend, Saturday, February 24.
A light brunch and coffee will be served to all who attend.

Mazel Tov To The Fruhling Family

So very honored to be a part of the B’nai Mitzvah of Alexandra and Aidan Fruhling this past weekend.20180127_105052









The event was at the wonderful Pearl River Hilton Hotel and want to wish the parents, Samantha and Michael Fruhling a Mazel Tov on this special moment in your family .

To Alexandra and Aidan, wishing you a life filled with success, health and adventure. May this celebration of your B’nai Mitzvah bless your future with happiness!20180127_104404